Anna Clark

Anna is a freelance journalist in Detroit. She has written for the New York Times, New Republic, NBC News online, Pacific Standard, and other publications. She is a political media correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review. Anna is the editor of A Detroit Anthology and author of Michigan Literary Luminaries: From Elmore Leonard to Robert Hayden. A former Fulbright fellow, she is also the director of applications for Write a House. Her website is
As we head into the giving season, it’s worth reflecting on the rising influence of public charities on the urban landscape. Their numbers have grown steadily since 2000, with revenue, expenses and assets growing by more than 10 percent between...